CHILDREN at Winnington Park Primary School are learning about healthy eating in a unique way this week, after a specially designed “cooking bus” rolled into town.
The bus, sponsored by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), is a purpose-built articulated lorry which opens out into a kitchen-style classroom where pupils can get a taste of quality cooking.
From Monday to Thursday, January 5-8, children will climb aboard to learn under the expert eye of cooking teacher Shirley Malone, and school staff will also be taught the basics.
The healthy snacks they will be making include tomato and basil tartlets, Mediterranean potato salad and vegetable samosas. The pupils will also make mixed berry smoothies and desserts including a selection of tasty desserts.
“The buses tour the country delivering lessons to children of all ages in how to prepare, cook and enjoy real food,” said programme coordinator Joanne Johnstone.
“Pupils cover key aspects of food education including nutrition, food safety and hygiene and food preparation skills. The core of all lessons is hands-on cooking.”
Anita Cormac, director of the campaign, added: “If we want our children to eat well, they have to learn to cook first.”